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I still get questions about pyramiding of overtime. Prior posts are here: 8/31/20; 12/4/17; 1/10/17; 4/1/16; 12/1/16; 1/2/13. Below are the most recent questions (in blue). Following those are my responses (in black).
Names have been changed to protect anonymity of the poster & their company.
From: Jane Doe, Esq.Subject: Pyramiding of overtime
Message Body:Good day –
I have been reviewing your blog posts during an adjournment of a contentious battle over overtime computation for employees working in a public penal facility. I am hoping you might have the time to provide some insight.
Continue Reading Even More Questions on Pyramiding of Overtime

Thanks to Sheldon Alderton, a LinkedIn contact & group member of Charles Krugel’s Labor & Employment Law & Human Resources Practices Group (3,900-plus members). As a followup to the recent Construction Dive article quoting me, Sheldon recently asked me questions about the viability of labor unions going forward. I’ve decided to turn Sheldon’s questions & my answers into a blog & LI post. Below are his questions & my answers.
Sheldon Alderton 
Hey Charles, I was super intrigued by the Construction Dive article you were featured in about labour shortages and union labour power. I worked on the
Continue Reading Q & A About Labor Unions in 2021


Thanks to writer Joe Bousquin for quoting me in:

Is ‘Striketober’ the moment construction unions have been waiting for?
The convergence of worker shortages, supply chain snarls and vaccine mandates could give labor the upper hand at the bargaining table, experts say.

Published Oct. 28, 2021


Senior Reporter

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images via Getty Images

Charles Krugel, a management-side labor attorney in Chicago, has been spending a lot more time lately resolving conflicts between his contractor clients and the labor unions that represent their workers.
“In the past, union work was 10% or 15% of my practice,” Krugel told
Continue Reading Construction Dive Quotes Me in “Is ‘Striketober’ the Moment Construction Unions Have Been Waiting For?”

Thanks to Tony Ramos, Founder/President of Integra Security Alliance for speaking at my employment relations class at Loyola University Quinlan School of Business class this past Tuesday 10/19/21! Tony’s PowerPoint for the class was so good that I’ve published it to my website.
The post Security & Privacy in the Age of AI & Biometrics first appeared on Charles A. Krugel.
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Thanks to Lynne Curry for quoting me in her 10/5/21 article: I was fired because I refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Can I sue? This was published in her Workplace Coach Blog & the Anchorage Daily News. The article is below.
I was fired because I refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Can I sue?

By Lynne Curry
Published: 10/5/21

Q: I can’t believe it. My employer fired me because I wouldn’t get vaccinated.
I suppose you could say they “warned me.” I’d gotten the “You need to show proof of vaccination by September 30th, or we’ll consider
Continue Reading I’m Quoted in the Workplace Coach & Anchorage Daily News

The Decalogue Society of Lawyers
2021 Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 21, 5:30pm

Keynote Speaker:
Governor J.B. Pritzker

Emcee:
Judge Megan Goldish

Honoring
Justice Michael B. Hyman
Hebrew University Fellowship Award
Alison Pure-Slovin, Simon Wiesenthal Center Midwest
Community Service Award
Pastor Chris Harris, Bright Star Church
Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award
Sinai Chicago
Agency Award
Charles A. Krugel
Presidential Citation
Judge Geri Pinzur Rosenberg
Intra-Society Award
Sarah La Pearl
Law Student Award

Recognizing
50-Year Member: Michael Lurie
25-Year Members: Nina Appel, Rodney Cope, Bradley Dworkin,,Jeffrey Goldberg, Bruce Goodman, Jack Hertz, Marvin Leavitt, Jeffrey Leving, Michael Rothstein, Steven Salk, James Shapiro, Barry Sheppard, Daniel Shmikler,
Continue Reading Governor Pritzker to Keynote 10/21 Decalogue Awards


I’m honored to announce that I’m being awarded the Decalogue Society of Lawyers 2021 Decalogue Presidential Citation, presented to individuals who have helped to improve the Decalogue Society of Lawyers through their innovative thinking and actions or who have made some notable or important contribution that enhanced the Society or furthered its goals and objectives. The award will be presented Thursday, October 21, 2021.
In particular, I’m receiving this for my strategic planning work for Decalogue. I created and implemented Decalogue’s first strategic planning committee and first in-house created strategic plan.
For over eighty years, Decalogue has supported Jewish lawyers
Continue Reading Decalogue Society of Lawyers Presidential Citation


The Dotted Line: How to Navigate Vaccine Mandates
Contractors are getting squeezed between demands for inoculated jobsites and a hesitant workforce, but there are legal and business advantages to the situation.

Published Aug. 31, 2021

Senior Reporter

Danielle Ternes/Construction Dive

This feature is a part of “The Dotted Line” series, which takes an in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry. To view the entire series, click here.
With construction workers exhibiting some of the highest vaccine hesitancy rates of any occupation, contractors are increasingly finding themselves being pulled between the personal preferences of their
Continue Reading I’m Quoted in: The Dotted Line: How to Navigate Vaccine Mandates

Fact Check: Workers Fired for Refusing a Aaccine are Unlikely to Qualify for Unemployment

McKenzie Sadeghi
USA TODAY
Published 1:11 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2021 Updated 2:14 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2021

The claim: Employees who are fired for refusing a vaccine are eligible for unemployment benefits
The highly transmissible delta coronavirus variant has caused a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. As a result, an increasing number of workplaces are requiring employees to provide proof of vaccination.
In some states, company vaccine mandates have been met with opposition, with some employees resigning and filing lawsuits. A Morning
Continue Reading I’m Quoted in 8/9/21 USA Today Article

New Employment Law Webinar Premiering July 13, 2021
Leading Professionals to Teach About Employment Law

Financial Poise Webinars announces “The Impact of Communicable Diseases, Including Coronavirus, on the Workplace,” a live webinar premiering July 13th at 2:00 PM CST. This webinar is co-produced by West LegalEdCenter and part of the “Protecting Your Employee Assets: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship” series. It will feature Charles Krugel (Law Offices of Charles Krugel); Helen Bloch (Law Offices of Helen Bloch, P.C.); Max Barack (The Garfinkel Group, LLC); and Gary Savine (Savine Employment Law, Ltd.).
This webinar explores how to
Continue Reading 7/13-Impact of Communicable Diseases @ Work

Financial Poise announces its 2021 Employment Law Bootcamp webinar series—Protecting Your Employee Assets: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship
Click here for registration & more information: PROTECTING YOUR EMPLOYEE ASSETS_ THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP 2021
MODERATOR:
Charles Krugel – Charles A. Krugel, Labor & Employment Law on Behalf of Business
PANELISTS:
Helen Bloch – Law Offices of Helen Bloch, P.C.
Max Barack – The Garfinkel Group, LLC
Gary Savine  – Savine Employment Law, Ltd.
#1: Welcome to the Team! Recruiting and Hiring, Including Restrictive Covenants
Premiere date: 1/26/21
#2: An Ounce of Prevention: Policies, Procedures and
Continue Reading Financial Poise’s 2021 Employment Law Bootcamp: Protecting Your Employee Assets: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship

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Frequently, I get calls from business owners & operators, & consumers, asking about how to select an attorney for either litigation, a transaction or counsel. Moreover, I get a lot of inquiries from current or prospective clients asking for referrals to other attorneys. Here’s the general advice I give them:

  • Get referrals from people you trust. Referrals may come from your current attorneys, other attorneys your associated with, friends, family, business associations, chambers of commerce, your competitors, other business owners & acquaintances.
  • If possible, get multiple referrals. Try not to rely on just one referral. When a business owner/operator

  • Continue Reading How to Choose (or Not Choose) an Attorney

    Pyramiding of overtime (OT) & other OT related issues are always a popular topic among business owners & operators. See my earlier posts here. Below is one reader’s recent questions & concerns going on at their unionized company. Any identifying information has been changed.
    Quick question, the company i work for has a cba [collective bargaining agreement] the only statement regarding pyramiding of overtime is found in the overtime section; states that there will be no pyramiding of overtime. The cba also say employees that work past their scheduled shift will receive ot,and also states that sat and sun
    Continue Reading Reader’s Questions About Pyramiding of Overtime

    This webinar is co-produced by West LegalEdCenter and part of the “Protecting Your Employee Assets: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship” series. It will feature Charles Krugel (Law Offices of Charles Krugel); Helen Bloch (Law Offices of Helen Bloch, P.C.); Max Barack (Garfinkel Group, LLC); and Gary Savine (Savine Employment Law, Ltd.).

    When it comes to dealing with communicable disease-related issues within the workplace, planning is everything. What kinds of things might an employer do to lessen the impact of a communicable disease disaster on their business? Join this panel of experts as they explore these topics: (1) FFCRA-eligibility,
    Continue Reading Financial Poise™ Announces “The Impact of Communicable Diseases, Including Coronavirus, on the Workplace” a Webinar Premiering 4/28 @ 1 PM CST

    When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic
    The recourse rules for employees are complicated and somewhat untested
    By Rosie Wolf Williams, April 8, 2020

    Millions of Americans have been instructed by their employers to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what if your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace, especially if you’re dealing with an autoimmune deficiency, going through medical treatments or recovering from an illness? Do you have any recourse?
    The question is a piercing one for some workers right now, since showing up could increase their risk
    Continue Reading I’m Quoted In: When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic; The recourse rules for employees are complicated and somewhat untested


    The Small Business Guide to Unemployment Insurance

    By Sammi Caramela, Contributing WriterUpdated: March 30, 2020

    Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock

    • When an employee loses their job, unemployment insurance pays out to ensure the individual is properly supported for the time being.
    • If you have employees, you are required to pay into State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) and the Federal Unemployment Insurance Act (FUTA).
    • To apply for unemployment benefits, employees will need to file a claim with their state’s unemployment insurance program.

    In life, there are moments and roadblocks we never would have predicted. Take COVID-19, for instance: We are experiencing trying times, and small businesses
    Continue Reading Business News Daily Quotes Me in Their Article: The Small Business Guide to Unemployment Insurance